|Revelation 21, Page 24-08|
(Repeating) 21:19 And the foundations of the instruction which protects us were organized with all manner of solidified truths. The first foundation was singularity to Yehuveh; the second, no idols; the third, no idol worship; the fourth, no vanity;
21:20 The fifth, Sabbath-keeping; the sixth, six days of work; the seventh, family honor; the eighth, no killing; the ninth, no adultery; the tenth, no stealing; the eleventh, honorable communication; the twelfth, balanced use of passion.
Bible, KJV Translation:
(Repeating) 21:19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
21:20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
Significant Words and Comments:
Commentary on Revelation 21:19-20a expansion (26 August 2008):
The Eighth Foundation Stone
“The eighth, beryl,” representing the eighth commandment [“Thou shalt not kill.” Exodus 20:13], therefore identifying the beryl [G0969] stone as representing no killing. The corresponding Hebrew-translated stone from the breast-pocket is agate [H7618]. (26 August 2008)
The only apparent corresponding references from Torah is Isaiah 54:12: “I will make thy windows of agates [H3539: kadkod, “a sparkling gem, probably the ruby”], and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.” The Hebrew word used in Exodus 28:18, 39:11, and Ezekiel 28:13 is shebuw [H7618], “a gem (from its sparkle), probably the agate.”
This solidified life-structuring commandment stone corresponds with the tribe of Simeon and the constellation Capricorn. Jacob prophesied regarding Simeon: “Simeon and Levi are brethren,” speaks vividly of the close unity between practical knowledge and spiritual knowledge, which these two tribe represent. How fascinating that practical knowledge is our potential killer, but at any point where we place our opinions above Yehuveh’s instruction, we set our feet in the path of death. Thus Yehuveh clearly states: “all they that hate Me love death.” When we believe we know how to live our lives better than Yehuveh has instructed us to live, we are breaking this commandment. This issue needs to be seriously reconsidered. “Instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united,” again addresses how powerfully we risk everything when we put our very limited knowledge of how to live life above Yehuveh’s wisdom and instruction. “For in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall,” speaks of our passionate energy and stubbornness to “do it myself.” In such self-will we destroy Yehuveh’s awesome wall of protection, and we will bring only destruction and death on ourselves. This is an appeal and a caution we dare not ignore. “Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel,” clearly states that Yehuveh identifies the destructive force of our intense passion for doing things our own way. Indeed, rebellion against Yehuveh’s instruction can bring nothing but curses on our lives. “I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.” To spare us the self-destruction, Yehuveh brings us balance by mixing our knowledge into every other aspect of our lives. This balance helps us keep things in perspective. Genesis 49:5-7; Proverbs 8:36.
Moses made no prophecy of Simeon in Deuteronomy 33. Neither are there any direct Scriptural references to Capricorn. The Sun is in Capricorn from approximately 22 December to 19 January, depending on the year. During this time we need to seriously consider how highly we value life and just what choices we make which fail to protect and preserve the lives of those around us—even such apparently mundane decisions as speaking a word of gossip or fault-finding criticism.
Originally Written: 26 August 2008
Latest Update: 26 August 2008
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